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Plate of Vegan Nacho Mac and Cheese

Vegan Nachos Mac and Cheese

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 35 Mintes
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Healthy and flavorful, this low-fat, nut-free Vegan Nacho Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food for Nacho cheese lovers everywhere!



Boil Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. Russet potatoes, peeled, small ½ inch dice (about 2 ¼ cups) *
  • 1 small carrot, cut into thin coins (about ¼ cup)
  • Sprinkle sea salt

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ume plum vinegar *
  • ¼ cup + 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon tahini *
  • 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast 

Herb/Spice Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon dried ground mustard powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • ¼ to 1 teaspoon sea salt (+/-) * 

Other Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. can mild green chilies (including liquid from can) *
  • 8 to 10 oz. elbow macaroni *

Optional Topping Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons to ¼ cup crushed tortilla chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F, using the upper center rack.
  2. Place the diced potatoes, carrots, and a sprinkle of sea salt into a small stock pot, cover with water, place on the stove, bring to a boil. Simmer at a low boil for approximately 10 to 15 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots are perfectly tender.  Drain the liquid, then place the carrots and potatoes into a high-speed blender.
  3. Add the Sauce Ingredients and Herb/Spice Ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend on high until the sauce is creamy, smooth, and “cheezy”. You may need to use the tamper tool to keep the sauce moving. Taste test for flavor, add more spices to reach the flavor you desire.
  4. Add the mild green chilies (including the liquid) and pulse a few times just to mix in. Do not blend!
  5. Place the cooked macaroni into a large bowl, add the nacho cheese sauce into the bowl, mix well. Spoon into a small casserole serving dish and top with the crushed tortilla chips.
  6. Bake for 5 minutes, then switch to high broil and broil for a few minutes (or less) until the topping is lightly toasted. Serve and enjoy!


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.   

*Servings: 4